I LoVe Imperfections... Soooo much more interesting than brand new!*!*!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

** ViNtaGe 4th of July** ~ Blog PaRtY ViGneTTeS!*!*!

**4th of July** signals that summer is in FULL SWING!*!*!  Vacations...   Weekend road trips...  Flea Markets...  Picnics by the lake... Outdoor BBQ's...   Screened-in porch... Fire fly watching...  Butterflies in the garden...   ALL these are the delights of Summer...  Click on pics to enlarge detail...

  ***ViNtaGe 4th of July Vignette***  
I mixed-in a bit of "summer seaside" with the red-white-blue...


The tin-picnic basket on the top is a rare find!!!  I just love the retro "Orchard Beverage" soda pop bottle...


The vintage crank of sort with stars was a New York find many many years ago...  I packed it full with the darling vintage flags that are made of some type of stiff gauze material... The vintage post card is just Fab!!!  The chippy wooden "Lobster Float" is to die-4!*!*!



The Red-White-Blue Stars hung on the Vintage Lobster Trap are actually vintage Christmas ornaments...  The fish net is old too...



OMG!!! ~ extremely RARE FIND ~ ViNtaGe 1950's Lobster Tablecloth!*!*!   I'll NEVER part with this AwEsoMe Find!!!



Full View ~ Summer "Red-White-Blue" 4th of July VinTaGe Vignette in our entry...  I mixed in a bit of "Seaside" in with the lobster trap... I now can keep it up for the entire month of July...  

It's not too late to join the ViNtaGe 4th of July Blog Party!!*!
I'd love to get inspired by YOUR Vignettes...
Click on the side bar to view other 4th of July ViGneTTes!!!
~ Have a "Sparkling" 4th of July HoLiDaY ~ 

P.S.  Come Shop My ChiPPy!-SHaBBy! Booth Next Weekend up in Door County - SATURDAY, JULY 10th!!!
@ Viva la Cottage, Sister Bay Wisconsin
"Outdoor ViNtaGe Market"

Monday, June 28, 2010

***Elhorn Wisconsin Flea Market ~ June 2010***

Due to early morning rain drops... ~  I decided not to do an "early-buy-in" AND opted to "ride with my husband"...  - That's right, it means taking only ONE CAR... OMG!!! - Was I thinking clearly or what???  The weather was DRY upon arrival at 7 am...  It only rained for a total of 45 minutes during the entire flea market day...   Lots of "dark-cloud" sky watching chased many a dealer away with early pack-up...  Jeff and I stayed till 2 p.m.  We stuffed the car full ~ one cabinet is being delivered!!!   Overall, it was a good buying day...   (click on pics to enlarge)


Just minutes before the general public was let in at 7 a.m.


Just AwEsoMe complete SHaBBy Garden Set...
GREAT PaTiNa!*!*! 



I saw lots of "cottage furniture"...  This was a Sweet Piece!*!*!








Check out Anita & Judy's Blog!!!



I just LoVe the look of "Sparkling Bling" Outdoors!*!*!








Be Sure to Check Out Joan's Blog
Joan is Hosting the 4th of July Blog Party...
~ just hours away~


Sooooooo SHaBBy!*!*!


ChiPPy!-SHaBBy! ~ stops to say helloooooo to Mariann AND re-visits "Last Fall" Warrenton Texas Accomodations!*!*!   I JUST LOVE THIS SHABBY PINK/WHITE RETRO TRAILER of Mariann's!!!  EVERYBODY was taking a tour this past Sunday!!!
~  The BeSt  ~



Ladies Having Fun!*!*!
Turns out these gals ~ Kate & Mara - (hope I got that right) - read my Blog!!!
What a Fun Encounter!*!*!



Sneak-Peek of Kathy & Jan on the left...



Buying Frenzy was starting in Jan & Kathy's Booth...



OMG!!! ~ This looks like something you'd find at a TeXas Show!!!  Texans like BIG...



LoVed this authentic "ViNtaGe Lobster Trap"...



These Corbels were Just AmaZiNg!*!*!  The original tassels were still intact ~   YES ~ I did snatch them up!!!


 BeSt FiNd of the Day!*!*! -  Husband -or-  Door????  Husband of course!!!
OK Ladies... Actually - Jeff saw this door first!!!  Does he know me or what!!!  It's sooooo PeRfeCtLy CHiPPy... Lots of time-worn paint crazing ~ Just FaB Motif...  I'm thinking it has potential in our Guest Bedroom...


This was "the sweetest" small find of the day for me...  I think the clock will be just adorable displayed in An Old SHaBBy Wood/Glass Display Cabinet I just recently won on Ebay!*!*!  OMG...  This FiNd was one of Judy's Items - "Iowa Junk Gypsies"...

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Elkhorn FLEA MARKET ~ This Sunday!*!*! - Wisconsin...

I sure am hoping "to shop  ELKHORN" - tomorrow, Sunday...  It's been me and my "Kleenex-Box" for the past few days... ~ WORST SUMMER COLD in HiStoRy!!!   I haven't been sick in a year...  I'd rate Elkhorn in "My TOP 5 FaVoRite ShoPPinG Markets"...  



Thursday, June 24, 2010

OMG!!! NEWS FLASH!*!*! Best SHaBBy White Cabin ~ Today's New York Times HOME Section!!!



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OMG!*!*!  I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw this article laying in our Studio Cafe!!!  YOU MUST CHECK OUT TODAY'S NEW YORK TIMES - Thursday, June 24th ~ HOME SECTION!!!  ***Best!!! ShaBBy White Cottage!!!  Be sure to check out "My Shabby Streamline Studio Blog Link"!!! 












Cedarburg's Plein-Air Paintings!*!*!

Our little town has been "A Buzzzzz" with Artists for about a week now... ~ Our Annual Strawberry Festival - this upcoming weekend, hosts a PLEIN-AIR PAINTING CONTEST/SALE... The paintings are available for viewing/sale at the Cedarburg Cultural Center...

  This Artist was using "chalks"...  Others I've seen were oils...  watercolors...



This Artist was almost done... 



I just loved her little "set-up"...  What a darling vintage painting easel...  Cedarburg has a lot of "old stone buldings" - 1853...  The background settings for these Artist's is AwEsoMe!!!



In the background you can see the old stone buildings at the Cedar Creek Settlement...  It now houses the Anvil Restaurant...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

**BeSt STORE FRONT** ~ Cedarburg Wisconsin...

As long as I have lived in Cedarburg, I have always LoVed this building!*!*!  It has housed many a shop from restaurant... antique shop... and now ~ HAIR SALON...  They repeatedly have a *****5-Star***** Window as far as I'm concerned!!!  "Clementine Hair Salon"

Is this window refreshing or what!!!  A sneak-peek inside reveals chairs painted  "shabby-white" and a hint of those funky apple green ones!!!


I am sooooo inspired by the OUTSIDE BUILDING COLORS!*!*!  I just love the grey mixed with the burnt orange front door...  I wouldn't tweak the color one bit...



A little gem of a building...  ~ On the main Street in Cedarburg, Wisconsin!

Monday, June 21, 2010

FaB "Old-SHaBBy" MiRRor!*!*! ~ It's Up!!!

Staying home this weekend enabled us to get quite a few things done around the house...  Some of you might remember pics of  ***My AwEsoMe Mirror Find*** from the Kane County Flea Market in Illinois, this past May...   Well, that 2-die-4 GoRgeOuS Beauty is NOW HUNG in my bathroom!!!  It looks just as Fab as I had envisioned!!!   I had been shopping for "just the right one" for almost 3 years!*!*!  (click on pics to enlarge for better detail...

  AmaZinG Ornate Top Crest Details...




I Love the hints of time~worn "silver loss patina"...  It lends sooooo much character to the piece...  I don't think I could buy a vintage mirror without it!




The ornate details are made of GESSO ~ a plaster of sort...  It has taken on many a hairline crackling ~ YES!!!   The old white paint, hairline crackling, & subtle chips here and there add soooo much unique vintage charm to this piece!*!*!



This ViNtaGe Mirror is hung on a wall adjacent to my large soaking tub...  I LOVE MY TUB!!!  A Chandelier hangs above...  and I have a couple Seashell Candelabras surrounding the area...  We're lucky enough to have outdoor privacy ~ allowing the shutters to be open during the day...



 Here I am at Kane County ~ just minutes after I netted my AwEsoMe Find!!!  I'm sooooo glad I forked-out the extra bucks for this one!!!  

On Another Note...  "REGRETS-LATER"...   You know how sometimes you get home and are sooooo sorry you didn't purchase a certain vintage find????  - Because you've now found the perfect spot for it in your home??? ~ Well, a good number of you have emailed me to see if an item from one of my most recent sales is still available.... I'VE BEEN SELLING QUITE A FEW PIECES This Way!!!  If you're local, I'm happy to hold it for you till you can come by...  -OR- make an appointment to Shop The Garage!!!  I'm also **Willing-To-Ship** smaller-sized items to those of you who live afar!!!  My EMAIL is on the sidebar...  LoVe to hear from YOU!*!*!       

Saturday, June 19, 2010

FaBuLouS "Old-SHaBBy"!*!*!

I'm finally getting back on track after 3 weekends in a row of Outdoor Shows!!!  I've opted to stay home this weekend to work on organizing our garage and outdoor living space - it's killing me now!!! ~ What AwEsoMe ViNtaGe FiNds am I missing out on???  ~ After all, the Bloomington Illinois Flea Market is happening this weekend!!!   Oh well...  I have lots of Fab Outings coming up in the next few weeks!!! 

BeSt Summer Find!*!*!   ***2-die-4*** crusty... rusty... URN with THE BeSt Crackly Old White Paint!!!  It's "3" pieces so I can easily store it in the house/garage over the winter, to preserve it's incredible time-worn patina...  Or better yet ~ possibly use it in a vignette during the holidays...


The Old White Paint has taken on a FaBuLouS Crackly Patina!!!  OMG!!!



 The PeRfeCt Base...



Some of my favorite chippy watering cans that are getting routed back into the garage for display...



I just recently pulled this darling little can from my personal ChiPPy!-SHaBBy! Collection...   Carol, up in Door County, is now the proud owner... ~ A BiRthDay gift from her friend Beth and myself...